711 Serra St. Stanford, CA 94305
650-723-9633

Welcome to Stanford's Department of Public Safety

Expanded Campus Crime Reporting Requirements

Existing federal law known as the Clery Act requires Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) to report to the university certain specified crimes that occur on campus or property owned or controlled by the university, including short-term rentals and properties located outside the United States. The Stanford Department of Public Safety (DPS) collects this information and reports the statistical information to the Department of Education on an annual basis. This information is available in the university’s Annual Safety and Security Report which is released each year by October 1.

Effective July 1, 2015, California Education Code 67380 requires individuals who meet the definition of a Campus Security Authority to immediately, or as soon as practicably possible, notify local law enforcement when they become aware of any violent crime, sexual assault, hate crime or any attempt to commit one of these crimes. CSAs include police officers, security personnel and persons who control access to buildings and property as well as personnel who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Examples of persons who meet the definition of a CSA include coaches, university judicial officers, Title IX staff, Residential Education staff and others who work closely with students (other than faculty engaged in teaching). If you think you might be a CSA or if you have questions about whether your role at the university meets the definition of a Campus Security Authority, please contact the university’s Clery Compliance Coordinator, Annette Spicuzza, at Cleryinfo@stanford.edu.

In order to facilitate the university’s compliance with this new state law, the Stanford DPS has established a 24 hour reporting line to receive CSA reports. The phone number to call is 650-222-5147. Reports made to the compliance call center will be shared with the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the crime occurred. Information reported under this mechanism will also be shared with the university’s Title IX Office; however, individuals are currently required to notify both Stanford DPS and Stanford’s Title IX Office.

Click here for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Mountain Lion Sighting 07/29/2015

A mountain lion was seen in the vicinity of Santa Ynez and Mayfield at approximately 12:10am. Public Safety has searched the area and there have been no additional sightings reported. If you see a mountain lion do not approach it, especially one that is feeding or with cubs. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Call 911. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. For more information about mountain lions go to www.keepmewild.org.

Posted 07/29/2015

Update on Dinkelspiel Auditorium Area

Stanford Police ask members of the campus community to be on the lookout for the man below who was reported to have been near Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Tuesday evening with what a witness believed to be a gun.

A person approximately 50 feet away reported seeing this man standing and drinking from a green bottle, with what appeared to be a black handgun nearby on the ground, just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. When deputies arrived to investigate, neither the subject nor a gun could be located. There have been no additional reports of an armed individual.

As a precautionary measure, Stanford Police ask the Stanford community to be on the lookout for anyone matching the subject’s description. He was described as a white male in his 30s with short, dark brown hair; a clean-shaven face; and a distinctively large nose and bulging eyes. He was reported to be wearing khaki shorts and a T-shirt of an unknown color.

Please be aware of your surroundings and call 911 if you see this individual or anyone else carrying a gun. Additional updates are not expected unless further information is obtained that indicates an ongoing threat to the community.

Posted 7/28/2015

Gas Leak Update 07/14/15 6:09pm

As a final update to the gas leak at 1047 Campus Drive, Campus Dr. between Mayfield Ave. and Junipero Serra Blvd. is now open for normal traffic. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Posted 07/14/2015

Gas Leak Update 07/14/15 5:38pm

As an update to the reported gas leak at 1047 Campus Drive, the gas line has been capped. It is now safe to return to the area and buildings. However, Campus Dr. remains closed between Mayfield Ave. and Junipero Serra Blvd. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu or this website

Posted 07/14/2015

Gas Line Break 7/14/15 3:52pm

Both 1047 Campus Drive and Kappa Sigma located at 1035 Campus Drive houses have been evacuated and Campus Drive has been closed from Mayfield Avenue to Junipero Serra Boulevard. Please stay away from the area until further notice. Updates available at emergency.stanford.edu or on this site.

Posted 07/14/15

Mountain Lion Sighting 07/09/15

A mountain lion was seen in the vicinity of Gerona Road and Junipero Blvd.at 7:50pm. Public Safety has searched the area and there have been no additional sightings reported. If you see a mountain lion do not approach it, especially one that is feeding or with cubs. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Call 911. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. For more information about mountain lions go to www.keepmewild.org.

Posted 07/09/2015

Attempted Robbery 07/07/2015 1:30PM

On 07/07/2015 at 1:30PM, an attempted robbery occured in the area of University Avenue near Bryant Street. The suspect attempted to take the victim's iPhone while brandishing a pocket knife however, her efforts were thwarted by surrounding individuals in the area. An updated description has been obtained from the Palo Alto Police Department with the suspect being described as a hispanic female with a thin build and slight accent, possibly around 4'8"-5' tall, 18-20 years of age with lighter colored skin. The suspect reportedly had long, dark hair that extended to the middle of her back, and was wearing blue pants with a white shirt at the time of the attempted robbery. The suspect was last seen traveling northbound on Waverly Street. Be alert and stay aware of your surroundings. Please report any information related to this incident or any other suspicious activity to 911 immediately.

Posted 07/07/2015

Fire Update 7/3/15

The vegetation fire that was reported previously in the Lake Lagunita area has been extinguished. Palo Alto Fire Department remains on scene performing inspection and cleanup of the area. The fire was started by a remote controlled plane that crashed. There are no reports of injuries or damage to structures. Nearby student residence buildings will be reopened shortly.

As a precautionary measure, the Dish area is being closed for the remainder of the day. Further updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu or on this site.

Posted 07/03/05

Fire Update 7/3/15

On 7/3/15, around 12:30pm there was a fire at Lake Lagunita. Palo Fire is currently on scene and evacuations are taking place for at following addresses: 1135 Campus Drive (Narnia House) and 1115 Campus Drive (Enchanted Broccoli Forrest.

Please stay away from the area. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu or on this site.

Posted 07/03/05

Fire 7/3/2015

A fire started at Lake Lagunita, at approximately 12:30pm. Stay away from the area. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu or on this website

Posted 07/03/15

Possible Burglary: Update 6/22/15

On Monday, June 22, 2015 Department of Public Safety received a call reporting a possible burglary on Frenchman’s Rd. While upstairs, the owner of the home heard noises down stairs. When he looked out the window he saw a person wearing a black t-shirt riding a bike down his driveway headed towards Frenchman’s Rd.

Deputies responded to the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

The Stanford police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible by calling 911.

Additional information as it becomes available will be posted at:

http://emergency.stanford.edu or on this site

This message is being sent to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Posted 06/22/15

Possible Burglary, 06/22/2015 12:00PM

On 06/22/2015 at 12:00PM there was a report of a possible burglary from the 700 block of Frenchman's Road on the Stanford Campus. There is a possible suspect description of an unknown race male wearing a black t-shirt riding a mountain bike in an unknown direction of travel. Be alert and report any suspicious activity immediately.

Posted 06/22/2015

Burglary 06/11/2015 2:06am

On 06/11/2015 at 2:06am, an unknown suspect(s) entered three unlocked and unoccupied rooms at the Ujamaa Dorm located in Lagunita Court on Santa Teresa Street. Various reports of personal property were taken. Please remember to be vigilant, lock your doors, and report any suspicious activity immediately.

Posted 06/11/2015



About SUDPS

The Department of Public Safety is located at 711 Serra St., Stanford, CA 94305. You can find us on the corner of Campus Drive and Serra Street, in the Police and Fire building. We are across the street from the Valero gas station on campus. The main office is open Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) from 8am-5pm; however, officers are on duty 24 hours/day, every day of the year.

Our phone number is (650)723-9633. In an emergency, please dial 911.

The Department of Public Safety exists to provide a safe, secure atmosphere that is conducive to freedom of expression and movement for people and their property at Stanford University within the constraints of federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

The members of the Stanford Department of Public Safety are committed to providing high quality, public safety services with a strong emphasis on customer service. To accomplish this goal, we pledge to honor the spirit and letter of the laws we are charged to uphold; we strive to enhance our professional skills and knowledge; and we dedicate our full attention to our duties in order to earn and maintain the public's trust. The hallmarks of our service will be a dedication to the principles of honesty, integrity, fairness, courage and courtesy. We are committed to upholding these values. Let us know how we can best serve you.

Photo:Chief Laura Wilson with Deputy Adam Cullen and Red.
Chief Laura Wilson with Deputy Adam Cullen and Red.